George Coles Bursary

If you are an Island student entering your first year at UPEI, Maritime Christian College, Holland College, or Collège de l'Île, you may be eligible for the George Coles Bursary. The award is available for your first degree, diploma or certificate program only. You are not eligible if you attended any previous post-secondary educational institution.

With the recently announced Island Advantage - George Coles Bursary, most PEI students will see increases in their bursaries starting this fall - totalling up to $4400 or $8800, depending on your program of study. You do not need to apply and eligible students will automatically receive the expanded bursary starting this fall. 

Am I eligible for the George Coles Bursary?

To receive the George Coles Bursary, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

You are a resident of P.E.I. which means you:

  • Have graduated from an Island high school;
  • Are a student who meets Island residency requirements as stated in the Provincial Student Loan criteria (you do not require a student loan to receive this award);
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and with a valid Social Insurance Number;
  • Enrolled as a first time, first year student in programs leading to a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate at UPEI, Holland College, Maritime Christian College, or Collège de l'Île;
  • You provided your Social Insurance Number to your educational institution;
  • Have not previously received the George Coles Bursary;
  • Enrolled full-time (nine semester hours or 20 hours of instruction per week) for a period of at least 24 continuous weeks;
  • Not receiving a tuition subsidy through Skills PEI and the Labour Market Development Agency

If you are enrolled in an articulated program or a non-traditional program stream, contact Student Financial Services for specific eligibility criteria related to your program of study.

How much money is offered in the bursary?

The amount of the bursary varies according to tuition cost: 

Tuition Cost Award Amount
Up to $4,899 $1,200
$4,900-$5,899 $1,650
$5,900 and over $2,200
  • Maritime Christian College and UPEI students receive $2,200.
  • Collège de l'Île and Holland College  students’ bursaries range from  $1,200 to 2,200.

How do I apply for the George Coles Bursary?

You do not have to apply for this award. Your high school will provide a list of eligible students to Student Financial Services. The award will be credited directly to your school account in January and fully released after you have been enrolled for 24 continuous weeks, usually the end of February.

What if my school did not forward my name to Student Financial Services?

It is your responsibility to ensure your name is included on the list. If you have not received the bursary and feel you are eligible, you may submit an appeal form to the registrar’s office at your educational institution before August 31 of your first year.

Please note: The George Coles Bursary will not be awarded retroactively. Student Financial Services makes all decisions regarding the payout of the George Coles Bursary.

Related Forms

George Coles Bursary Appeal Form

Who do I contact for information about the George Coles Bursary?

Student Financial Services

Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning

176 Great George St., PO Box 2000

Charlottetown, PE

C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-4640

Fax: (902) 368-6144


Published date: 
April 9, 2018
Workforce and Advanced Learning

General Inquiries

Student Financial Services
176 Great George Street
2nd Floor, Atlantic Technology Centre
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-4640

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